CMS says ICD-10 will happen even if government shuts down

Agency said that claims will be paid
By Susan Morse
11:19 AM
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With the clock ticking toward implementation of ICD-10, CMS is letting providers and physicians know that nothing will stop the new codes from becoming the law of the land. CMS Deputy Administrator Patrick Conway, MD, in fact, said that CMS is ready for ICD-10 even if there is a government shutdown. 

Claims will be paid, Conway said during a conference call to media on Thursday.

A shutdown threatens as conservatives in the Republican Party say they will veto any spending bill that includes funding for Planned Parenthood. House Speaker John Boehner, who has been trying to craft a resolution, announced Friday he will resign as House Speaker and step down at the end of October.

CMS's ICD-10 ombudsman William Rogers wrote in a blog post that even now it's not too late for those providers who haven't started to make the transition. CMS has set up an ICD-10 Coordination Center and offers help through the website www.roadto10.org.

"We've been working to help you move to ICD-10 by offering resources and flexibility, but if you aren't ready for the transition, you still have options that will enable you to continue to provide care and be paid for your services," Rogers said in the blog. "If you haven't yet started to transition, it is doable, and we encourage you to start today."

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